TANNIN AQUATICS OFFERS A THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF BOTANICALS AND OTHER UNIQUE AND USEFUL GOODS FOR CREATIVE AQUATIC HOBBYISTS.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquatic goods. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be. A living, breathing, creative canvass upon which you express yourself in the aquatic world. We provide inspiration, information, and the materials with which you can perfect your craft and blur the lines between nature and the aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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Beginning..evolving...arriving at where you are now.

April 26, 2017

I've been asked to do a series on the popular reef keeping blog Reef Builders, about starting your first reef tank. While writing this series, I've had some chances to reflect back on my own beginnings and evolution as a hobbyist, and it's been sort of enlightening! My father started me in the aquarium hobby when I was about 3 years old. He bred fancy guppies, and my first fish were some of his culled fry, along with a goldfish bowl, food, and some good advice:  “Feed them small amounts often, and change some of the water every few days. Watch them carefully, and you’ll be able to tell if they are having any problems.” Good advice..Great advice, actually. Some...

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Salt in the Rainbow? Or, the danger of assumptions and inferences...

April 25, 2017

It never ceases to amaze me how some fishes seem to get lumped into a broad category  in terms of what type of habitat they come from.   Assumptions, inferences, and downright bad information abounds out there. It's really hard to get accurate information sometimes! This has been really obvious in the more serious research I was doing for brackish water fishes for one of our displays. A friend suggested "Raibows"- and, like any superficially-interested, completely inexperienced non-specialist, I jumped on line and started searching. I was looking for some information to see if there are any Melanotaenia Rainbowfishes that  occur naturally in brackish water habitats. (because I fell into that large group of ignorant, hapless "heathens" that assume every Rainbowfish...

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Builders of dreams...Packing correctly for the roads less travelled...

April 24, 2017

This blog sort of arose because someone asked me about how Tannin Aquatics came to be...I guess you'd say that the background idea presented here is an integral part of our "creation story"...deeply rooted in the very essence of being a hardcore, practicing aquarium hobbyist, absolutely tied to the creative process.  FACT:  Yup. You may not know this: I'm the ultimate aquarium designer/builder.  Really. I Know it sounds a bit arrogant, but it's true. I've tried crazy ideas no one has ever really executed: Simulated underground cave systems for Astyanax mexicanus, vivarium-style tanks with tiny puddles of water and  hollowed-out moist logs for keeping jumping Rivulus, deep Mangrove mud flats, temperate tide pools, Micronesian "rock islands', flooded South American grasslands, bubbling hot...

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